Holding Myself – Victoria J Brown – #blogtour

holding myself FINAL

I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for Holding Myself, written by Victoria J Brown and published by Bombshell Books.

Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant.

Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away.

As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take. Is having a baby the right thing to do?

Can she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control?

Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever.

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Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’

Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.

In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.

After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.

Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.

Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.

MY REVIEW: I would like to thank Victoria J Brown, Sarah Hardy and Bombshell Books for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of Holding Myself prior to taking part and being a stop on the blog tour. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.

What a breath of fresh air!!!

Compared to the books I have been reading recently – a serious amount of crime and psychological thrillers – Holding Myself was such a lovely, beautiful read, and with a cover which reminded me at first glance of the first Twilight book, I knew I would never be able to resist.

Taking a change of direction in genre, I knew I was taking a major diversion, but a major diversion is something I like to do every once in a while as I feel it resets me. I am glad I did this with Holding Myself as now I have read it, I feel I am in a happy place. I am now seriously thinking of a women’s fiction-athon!!

Whilst reading Holding Myself, it was almost like Kat and I were best friends and we were sat, her relaying her tale to me. At times sad, at others times difficult, emotional and harrowing, Holding Myself grabbed me and I became enthralled in a story with so many happenings, all I wanted to do was grab Kat and give her the biggest bear hug in history. I think a lot of readers will feel this way, especially as throughout the book a lot of topics are covered which readers can relate to.

Overall, Holding Myself was a great choice of read, and one I highly recommend to those of you who like to kick back and relax, and become lost inside a fictional world. One thing I will end on is … please don’t pick this up thinking it’s chick lit because it is not, it is something altogether much deeper and meaningful.

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